our projects

SGSU Creative Community Engagement workshop with UWE’s Architecture students

We had a lovely day running a creative community engagement workshop with University of the West of England’s fourth year Architecture students in October. Students were invited to share their current live projects, as well as their ambitions for their architecture practice. Connections were made between the student’s projects and […]


Propagate Way Exhibition: Concrete and Dandelions – The loves and hates of the M32

SGSU Director Ellie Shipman was invited to take part in Propagate Way, a group exhibition of Bristol-based artists curated by Beth Morafon exploring the M32, its affect on local communities and the ongoing proposal of a ‘green bridge’. __ To get a better understanding of the issues affecting the communities surrounding […]


Floodtide Navigates: SGSU’s yacht residency for Big Green Week

In July 2015 SGSU Director Ellie Shipman was invited to take part in an week-long creative residency aboard the 14ft yacht the Jacomina as part of composer John Eacott’s project Floodtide Navigate. ‘Floodtide makes music from the movement of tidal water. Floodtide Navigate is currently touring aboard sailing vessel Jacomina around Europe, the […]


SGSU Education: Bath Spa University, Fine Art

Bath Spa University commissioned us to run a creative community engagement workshop for their Fine Art first year students this April. Our aim was to inspire students to consider alternative ways of working and give them the confidence to involve people in their creative process. We shared some of our projects […]


Soundwave Garden – An RHS Hampton Court Show Garden for people with dementia

SGSU Director Eleanor Shipman has been supporting and illustrating on a new project, The Soundwave Garden, an intergenerational initiative designed by Eleanor’s mother Amanda Shipman, and her design associate Caroline May. Soundwave is a dementia-friendly sound garden inspired by Amanda’s mother Yvonne, who is currently living with severe dementia in care. Soundwave has been approved by the […]


St. Luke’s Creative Consultation

  We were invited by St. Luke’s Community Centre to run two days of community consultation stalls at the Whitecross Street Party this July. The event was to decipher which of St. Luke’s proposed priorities for their programme should be focused on: helping people into employment, tackling disadvantage and building […]


‘Making Places’ schools exhibition at Pump House Gallery

In June 2014 we were part of Making Places, an exhibition at Pump House Gallery, Battersea, with four artists working with four local schools. We proposed ‘iSurvive’ – a project encouraging the young people to create futuristic temporary shelters to consider climate change, design processes and the environment. We ran a […]


something good, something useful – our official launch

On Thursday 1st May 2014 something good, something useful officially launched. Huge thanks to those of you who came along to our launch, and everyone who helped make it an incredible evening! We presented our background, team, toolkit, featured projects and portfolio and had a ‘Cakes for Change’ workshop, locally grown and […]


At Home in the Future – with Home Live Art at Royal Holloway University

‘At Home in the Future’ was a participatory stall commissioned by Home Live Art at the beginning of March for their scientific twist on their regular event ‘The Alternative Village Fete’ for the open day at the Royal Holloway University. We responded to the theme of ‘Storytime Science’ proposing ‘At […]


Sustrans: Experiential Landscape Mapping with Pocket Places Peckham

SGSU was invited by sustainable transport charity Sustrans to carry out ‘Experiential Landscape Mapping’ (ELM) around their project ‘Pocket Places Peckham’ – a new initiative in urban design, putting “unused pockets of land to community use”. ELM is a subjective mapping process developed by Dr Kevin Thwaites, focusing on gathering qualitative […]